Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Dec 2013 22:57 UTC

Microsoft is preparing to ship its Windows Phone 8.1 update with two significant changes: a notification center and a Siri-like personal assistant. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently beta testing copies of Windows Phone 8.1 internally, with plans to fully detail its features at BUILD 2014 in April. A highly requested notification center feature will be added to the software, and we're told it's enabled by swiping down from the top of the screen in a similar way to iOS and Android.

Pretty sure this update will turn it all around.

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by ilovebeer on Thu 19th Dec 2013 16:48 UTC
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Voice control is overrated in my opinion. People are too inconsiderate as it is with their obnoxious phone calls. The last thing we need is people having conversations with technology, half of which probably just getting the thing to understand what they want it to do -- but regardless. This stuff doesn't really advance our use of technology, it just offers one more way to feel rage towards those who lack decency.

Is using a non-voice interface really that difficult or time-consuming? And for the people who would ask what if the user is already doing something else (like driving), how about he/she either wait or just stop what they're doing for 2 seconds. I feel sorry for anyone who thinks that's asking too much.

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